Shea calls ‘booth rental bill’ a solution in search of a problem
'The fact that many, if not most, of those impacted by this shortsighted effort are women, just rubs salt in the wound,' says Shea
In response to many inquiries about Senate Bill 5326, the so-called “booth rental bill,” Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, issued the following statement today:
“This legislation is a solution in search of a problem. It unnecessarily and unfairly targets small business entrepreneurs, most of which are women, who are trying to make ends meet by maximizing the quantity of scale with booth rentals. We're talking about single mothers, spouses, and sometimes the sole bread winners in the family.
“It appears the sponsors of the bill want to punish small business entrepreneurs under the guise that some aren't playing by the rules. In typical legislative overreach, instead of dealing with a few bad apples here and there, the sponsors of this bill are instead intent on destroying an entire industry. This is further evidenced by the fact that nearly 34,000 citizens have signed an online petition against this bill and I have already received over 100 emails against it.
“The fact that many, if not most, of those impacted by this shortsighted effort are women, just rubs salt in the wound.”
###Washington State House Republican Communications